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Is it dangerous to walk around Quincy?

On Behalf of | Sep 18, 2023 | Car Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents |

Most of us know about the physical health benefits of walking. Walking can also help you save money on transportation costs and improve your mental health while enjoying the outdoors.

Unfortunately, walking in Quincy can be risky as our city does not always provide sidewalks or pedestrian paths. And, since pedestrians are vulnerable to all vehicles, being a pedestrian around here can be dangerous.

Is it dangerous to walk around Quincy?

It can be. According to City-Data.com, about 20% of Quincy fatal motor vehicle accidents involved a pedestrian in 2021. However, the Illinois average is less than 15% that same year. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in 2021, there were about 20 pedestrian accidents in Adams County (where Quincy is located), which accounted for less than 1% of the total pedestrian accident in Illinois.

More severe consequences

As such, whether or not it is dangerous in Quincy really depends on the data set you look at and what you consider dangerous. However, what is undisputed is the danger that pedestrian accidents pose to the pedestrians themselves. This is because pedestrians have zero protective gear against vehicles that are, at a minimum, a couple tons and traveling at double-digit speeds. This means that injuries and fatalities are common.

What to do after

This means that if you are injured as a pedestrian, you will likely have medical expenses and lost wages. You’ll also likely have noneconomic damages like pain and suffering. And, if you were injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, you have every right to sue the negligent driver to recover compensation for those damages.